February 2016 Blog Posts (13)

Steel drum resonators

Yesterday I spotted small cat/dog bowls in a nearby shop.. 

With a head full of 'resonators!' I grabbed one and flicked the bottom to hear the 'boing' .. What was I doing? I know nothing about them.. So I grabbed out my mobile phone, turned on my guitar tuner app and took a reading.. It took about 6 bowls until I got one that seemed to be a D..

I thought I might share this with you guys.. And then had another thought.. Post build.. Couldn't they be 'tuned' much like steel drums…


Added by Fomhorach on February 24, 2016 at 6:02am — 10 Comments

CBG addiction hereditory.

Only being a new member from Australia. I had a look in members area to see how many other Western Australians had a similar habit.

After look at many profiles I came across one. Mick Crickey  Hardy.

He built a BNC neck copy machine about 6 years ago and posted on here.

His surname looked right but his first name was close to a cousin I have not seen in years. After watching the video it was indeed my cousin Mike.

So lost contact was restored and he had this…


Added by Mad Max Riches on February 23, 2016 at 11:18am — 4 Comments

Goldfinch Smokestack Lightnin

Goldfinch, Smokestack Lightnin.

It took me many hours but it was all worth it.

I based the artwork, top and sides, on the blues classic "Smokestack Lightnin". The design is lasered into the wood.

Please, let me know what you think of this new model.



Added by Tijn Mulder on February 22, 2016 at 4:59am — 2 Comments

Weird Wiring - HELP!!!!!

Is this right? I can wire up two pups x two vol x 2 tone but this is confusing the crap outta me.

Just two pups, one vol and a jack.

Added by Carl on February 21, 2016 at 2:00am — 2 Comments

How to make an easy string Ukulele Bridge

How to make an easy string Ukulele Bridge.

Following is a really easy method to make 2 bridges for your cigar box Ukulele or equally good for a normal Ukulele. This bridge allows for really easy…

Added by Antony Moggridge on February 19, 2016 at 12:20pm — 14 Comments

For The Aspiring Composers

A Little Help for The Aspiring Cigar Box Guitar Composer

My interest in cigar box guitars sure has taken some interesting twists and turns. Up to this point, I've focused mostly on building them, not so much on playing them.

I've dabbled with music composition in the past. I have always owned a guitar, and I think anyone with a passion for music…


Added by Eric Davis on February 18, 2016 at 11:00pm — 9 Comments

Murdoc_420's Progress

 Guess this is the best place to start a progress thread so here we go.

 I've been wanting to build a CBG for quite awhile now, past attempts to find boxes were futile but I now have found a box supplier near me :D

 I found this selection of boxes, found  this site of course and started watching tutorials on You Tube.

(I was hoping to find one cool box and walked out with 7, yikes!)…


Added by Murdoc_420 on February 12, 2016 at 2:45pm — 13 Comments

help please

Aloha all,

Iv, e been getting request to play. ONly problen

M is I don, t play.  Or type well either.

 Need web wite for free lesson thanks tommy

Added by Thomas Blasque on February 12, 2016 at 12:51pm — 3 Comments

Music and Building Roots

Music and Building Roots

I'm sure everyone can remember where their first expos-er to Music and Building things began

For Me It was with My Grandpa ,Guess I was around 5 years old or so, long time ago I'm now 64

and still Love to play Music and build things. Not just Guitars ,Chairs, Swings, Tables. Toys, Built most of My Own, Poor Boy Toys you might say. I…


Added by James O Lunsford on February 11, 2016 at 8:14pm — 13 Comments

Acoustic four string "Hobo" guitar - in the Cigar Box Style

This guitar is made from recycled and left over materials from my home renovation and from parts filched from unwanted or unplayable guitars.  The top and back are red cedar roof shingles, the neck is made from a left over 2x4 from a garden gate…


Added by john w on February 10, 2016 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments

The Beater

I cruise through CBN and see a lot of really cool, well built , well designed CBGs.

I look in my "shop" and see an old beater.  This guitar is my experiment guitar.  Before I try anything on a "good" git, I will try it here.

A friend donated a Chinese classical guitar to me so I stripped the frets and they found their way to the Beater.  The cigar box is a Chillin' Moose so it looks cool but I can't get any sound out of the thing.  It's got tape where the box kind of fell…


Added by Alan Hergert on February 4, 2016 at 2:22pm — 3 Comments

It's time to build again.

After a recent fall and injury I was unable to get into the shop and build for almost 2 years. I really was not in that bad a shape, could've been a lot worse. But I was not comfortable enough on my feet to walk around a shop safely, so I chose to stay out of the shop. As you can well imagine my head is spinning with projects I am dying to get started on. I am equally as excited about the three or four projects that I had underway at the time of my fall. I would like to thank the good people…


Added by martin walsh on February 4, 2016 at 1:34pm — 3 Comments


About a year ago I bumped into this video on a cold winter day:


I was smitten. After scrounging a bunch of parts, and buying a few, my first CBG came to be. I am now about 12 instruments in with about 4 or 5 additional builds going.

Just wanted to thank you guys for all the input, encouragement, and 'rules' :)

Added by T-Gripped on February 2, 2016 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

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